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LA County Honest donates 100 years of information to Cal Poly Pomona – Each day Bulletin

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Prematurely of its centennial, the LA County Honest determined to spherical up its historical past — and donate it.

Almost 100 years of pictures, movie reels, information clippings, annual cookbooks and extra from the Fairplex archives at the moment are within the palms of Cal Poly Pomona. The College Library’s Particular Collections and Archives is the fortunate recipient.

The objects deserved a everlasting, safe residence the place they could possibly be accessible to the general public, say Fairplex officers, who in any case are within the enterprise of placing on an annual exposition, not donning white gloves to slide Nineteen Forties brochures into Mylar sleeves. Additionally, as any of us who’ve been to the fairgrounds within the September warmth can attest, a climate-controlled setting it ain’t.

I visited the library archives on Wednesday. The county truthful assortment fills some 200 white file bins. And the workers isn’t even via packing up and transporting all of the ephemera.

“It’s certainly one of our largest archival collections. It’ll in all probability be our largest,” mentioned Katie Richardson, head of Particular Collections, who sees the gathering rising over time. “The Rose Parade will in all probability be our runner-up now.”

Richardson and archives coordinator Rob Strauss boxed objects themselves and lugged them to Cal Poly, usually in Strauss’ minivan. (All hail the minivan.) Non permanent labels on the bins give a way of the contents.

“Cattle Drive 1996.” “Movie Reels.” “1971-1972 negatives.” “Cookbooks.”

An archivist will probably be employed in February to start making digital copies of movie reels earlier than they deteriorate, organizing the nice mass of fabric and cataloging every merchandise. I’m picturing a tag that reads “consultant popsicle stick, ca. 1972.”

Normally, anticipate a mixture of the fascinating, the curious and the mundane.

After I noticed a field labeled “Monorail,” I requested Richardson to open it up. I knew the truthful had a monorail across the grounds from the Sixties to the Nineteen Nineties and that the primary rider was Richard Nixon. The previous veep acquired sauteed in his aerial loop across the fairgrounds, by the way in which, as a result of the monorail home windows didn’t open and no one had thought to put in air con.

Sadly, the monorail field was full of lifeless reviews about mechanical points. I don’t know what I hoped for. Perhaps a sweat-stained hankie with the initials RN.

However surprising finds are already turning up. A cardboard field has slender manila envelopes of large-format photograph negatives of varied websites round California and the West. One is labeled “Capistrano Seaside, 1948.” The pictures haven’t any evident tie to the LA County Honest, however that’s the place the field ended up, mysteriously.

Richardson and Strauss had already pulled just a few enjoyable objects for me to see. A scrapbook of pictures from the 1948 truthful. A 1947 planner from the truthful’s supervisor. A blue ribbon first prize for sheep from the 1927 truthful.

Brochures for the gala’s of 1940, 1953, 1963 and 1969 have been aspect by aspect. Cheerful motto of the 1963 truthful: “The nation’s most fun and colourful exposition!” For 1969’s groovy cowl: “It’s the place it’s occurring.” In six years the truthful went from “thrilling” to mellow.

Just a few objects relate to the debut truthful of 1922, together with a publicity photograph of the six founders standing in a discipline, pointing.

“They have been savvy businessmen. They needed to advertise Pomona,” Richardson defined. “Pasadena had the Match of Roses parade. San Bernardino had the Orange Present. Riverside had a good. They have been making an attempt to consider what would set Pomona aside.”

As soon as they discovered there was no Los Angeles County truthful, they went with that.

“They integrated in April 1922 and put the truthful on in October. They didn’t even break floor till July,” Richardson mentioned. “It was superb how rapidly they pulled it off.”

The gathering has movie reels from Sixties and ’70s gala’s, contents presently unknown. I believe these will probably be a success. As analysis progresses, we would study extra in regards to the origins of Thummer, the Porky Pig-like mascot from 1948.

And the way about all of the musicians who’ve given live shows on the truthful in the course of the rock period? Few of these have been documented in a public means.

For my profit, Strauss held up a brochure for an surprising 1952 truthful performer: Liberace.

Liberace, in Pomona, on the county truthful. The thoughts boggles. Additionally, I hope his piano’s candelabra was saved far-off from any hay bales.

As the gathering is catalogued, Richardson sees alternatives for displays, lectures, internet pages, oral histories from fairgoers, and tie-ins with Cal Poly courses in enterprise, agriculture and culinary arts.

She mentioned college students may recreate meals from truthful cookbooks from many years previous, or the prize-winning chocolate cake of Alberta Dunbar of San Diego, featured in a information clipping about her back-to-back victories in 1977 and ’78.

Richardson mentioned of the gathering: “It’s going to color an image of how the truthful developed.”

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